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Title: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Chris on March 03, 2015, 02:15:55 PM
http://www.globalconreview.com/news/israeli-firm-wins-first-big-us-jo8b-800m-te8x8a8s/

Israeli firm wins first big US job: $800m Texas toll highway

Three years after setting up an office in the US, an Israeli firm has won its first major road-building job there making toll lanes on a 10-mile stretch of state highway near Houston, Texas.

Infrastructure firm Shikun & Binui is a 50% partner in a consortium called Blueridge Transportation Group, which was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to design, build, finance, operate the new toll lanes on SH-288 in Harris County.


See the article for more information.

and:

Photograph: State Highway 288 in Texas, which is soon to be tolled. Courtesy of AARoads

Project website:
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh288-toll-lanes.html

(http://i.imgur.com/xWKwoYl.jpg)
Photo from the 'Houston Freeways' book.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on March 03, 2015, 09:27:21 PM
Here is the TxDOT presentation and bid analysis
http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/commission/2015/0226/11b-presentation.pdf (http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/commission/2015/0226/11b-presentation.pdf)

The $800 million price tag is higher than the earlier estimates of around $600 million, almost certainly due to the inclusion of all the ramps at the Beltway 8 interchange. All currently free lanes will remain free, and the long term plan includes an additional free lane in each direction between Loop 610 and Beltway 8. However, I don't expect to see those new free lanes anytime soon.

The presentation also mentions "Innovative ATCs within I-610 Interchange" and the presenter of the online video says that 70% of the ultimate connectors at I-610 will be built. I don't know what connectors are planned and what the configuration is - I'm thinking it is a design developed by the winning firm. http://txdot.swagit.com/play/02262015-660 (http://txdot.swagit.com/play/02262015-660)

This project also includes connector ramps to Holcombe. Those ramps began as a controversial project near MacGregor, and the Holcombe location proved to be acceptable.
 
 
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Perfxion on March 04, 2015, 06:57:49 AM
Gotta to love a toll lane in the middle of a freeway. I guess if TxDOT can do that on the Katy, lets do it on 288.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: swbrotha100 on March 04, 2015, 05:26:38 PM
http://www.globalconreview.com/news/israeli-firm-wins-first-big-us-jo8b-800m-te8x8a8s/

Israeli firm wins first big US job: $800m Texas toll highway

Three years after setting up an office in the US, an Israeli firm has won its first major road-building job there making toll lanes on a 10-mile stretch of state highway near Houston, Texas.

Infrastructure firm Shikun & Binui is a 50% partner in a consortium called Blueridge Transportation Group, which was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to design, build, finance, operate the new toll lanes on SH-288 in Harris County.


See the article for more information.

and:

Photograph: State Highway 288 in Texas, which is soon to be tolled. Courtesy of AARoads

Project website:
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh288-toll-lanes.html

(http://i.imgur.com/xWKwoYl.jpg)
Photo from the 'Houston Freeways' book.

Is that "US 288" shield still in existence? It was pictured in the article.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: jlwm on October 07, 2016, 03:50:05 AM
Per the electronic message signs on 288, construction on the toll lanes will begin this month. There's a new website with information about the project called Drive288.com (http://Drive288.com).
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 09, 2016, 02:14:17 PM
I posted some simulated images showing rendering of TX-288 toll lanes which include a stack interchange with Beltway-8.
(https://anonmgur.com/up/74b8675243b0e41c05bc053738af2174.jpg)
(https://anonmgur.com/up/d378d799b758a49d0263ddec55dcc1fa.jpg)
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: coatimundi on October 17, 2016, 03:34:39 AM
Is that "US 288" shield still in existence? It was pictured in the article.

Looks like no.
2013 GSV: https://www.google.com/maps/@29.5557824,-95.3888971,3a,75y,168.66h,69.71t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1soMZQPvc_z2Gkydu-Xq9uiQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

If you move up to the 2016, it's gone and replaced with a shield with a stronger border. Too bad.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 24, 2017, 11:04:28 AM
I dust-off this thread by mentionning some photos of the beginnings of the construction work as well as the groundbreaking ceremony.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/jan-2017/
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on January 24, 2017, 09:15:51 PM
I drove on SH 288 inside the Loop on Saturday, and there is not yet any construction activity inside the loop. There is plenty of work underway at the Loop 610/SH 288 interchange, as the photos show.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Chris on April 30, 2017, 03:00:07 PM
A $ 97 million contract has been awarded to construct the toll lanes in the median of SH 288 in Brazoria County. It runs from the Harris County/Brazoria County line to County Road 58.

Construction of the 4-lane (2+2) toll way in the median of State Highway 288 is scheduled to begin June 2017. The five mile stretch will extend from the Brazoria/Harris County line to just south of County Road 58 in Brazoria County.

http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000083321
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on July 29, 2017, 07:59:33 PM
I dust-off this thread by mentionning then some photos dated from March 23 and April 20 are posted. The June ones aren't posted on the site yet.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/April-2017
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/March-2017
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 30, 2017, 10:13:44 AM
A little bump showing some construction progress of TX-288 on Twitter. https://twitter.com/drive288

Edit: (Nov 11), There's some aerial shots showing a small forest of piers who'll receive the future ramps. http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=29.59767,-95.38314&z=18&t=S
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on January 07, 2018, 11:14:42 PM
Photo taken January 6, looking west along the eastbound BW8 feeder
(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180106-0023-1600.jpg)
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180106-0023-1600.jpg (http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180106-0023-1600.jpg)
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on March 07, 2018, 11:17:51 AM
Photos taken March 6, 2018
(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0014_1600.jpg)
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0014_1600.jpg (http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0014_1600.jpg)

(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0027_1600.jpg)
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0027_1600.jpg (http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0027_1600.jpg)

(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0006-1600.jpg)
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0006-1600.jpg (http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0006-1600.jpg)
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: rte66man on March 08, 2018, 11:04:16 PM
Thanks for posting those.  Did you get any of 610 at 288?
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: FreewayDan on March 15, 2018, 12:01:26 AM
TxDOT is planning a pay-by-mail option for the 288 toll lanes when it opens.  They'll also implement pay-by-mail on other Houston toll roads that they maintain including...


https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Toll-fine-changes-bring-confusion-to-Houston-area-12750895.php

Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 15, 2019, 08:51:29 AM
I bump this thread by mentionning some new photos showing the construction of the interchange ramps at TX-288/Beltway 8.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/Beltway-8-and-SH-288

Older photos posted on March 29th.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/Construction-3.29.2019
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: TXtoNJ on June 17, 2019, 10:12:52 PM
Drove here this past weekend. Best project in the Houston area right now.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: nguyenhm16 on June 23, 2019, 04:57:30 PM
Sadly there was a fatality of a worker at the SH 288/Sam Houston tollway interchange:
https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/construction-worker-dies-after-falling-more-than-30-feet-off-beltway-8-overpass/285-dafae333-3031-46f0-8fd8-2d3c3ba1139b
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 11, 2019, 08:45:41 AM
I saw some aerial shots taked around probably last January or February of the upcoming stack interchange of Beltway-8/TX-288. We see some ramps taking shape.
https://www.mytopo.com/maps/?lat=29.5968&lon=-95.38578&z=16